Delaware Research Guide Digital Download
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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Delaware
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Delaware brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Delaware
- a how-to article detailing Delaware's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Delaware research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- Settlers from New Netherland (what's now New York) challenged the Swedes, capturing Fort Christina in 1655. Then the Dutch found themselves fending off England—which overtook Delaware for good in 1674.
- Despite its ”first state“ status, Delaware's federal census records don't date back to the initial US head count. Fire destroyed the 1790 enumeration of Delaware.
- With Delaware's long legacy of power struggles, there's a good chance your ancestors participated in—or witnessed—military action. The DHS holds military records from the Colonial era through World War I.